Grateful Dead Live at Richmond Coliseum on 1983-10-08
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
FOB-MC>DAT>CD; with patches from etree Nak source; See info file for details; via Tommy Danscuk; Seeded to etree by Willy
- 2004-06-19 23:57:50
- Richmond, VA
- Richmond Coliseum
Subject: Don't get all the bitchin' about this show
Previous reviews mention the bob/jerry thing, but say how hot the show is -- some dissonance here, but after all is said and done, this is a very high energy show with a lot of velocity.
So besides the killer deal, even the dayjob 2nd set opener is rockin' -- followed by one of the best playin's i've heard in a long time -- bob is on fire w/ his counterpoint to jerry, and sonic depth of this primo aud on playin' is gripping... had to go back and listen to some of bob's licks like five times to first understand them, and because they were so spot-on and perfect.
other highlight is the sugar mag jam>good lovin' crash and burn then bobby recovery.
love the show and remember it as one of those 'walk out of the venue into the street shaking your head' shows. onward!
Subject: Everybody's fightin' 'bout spoonful.
Seemed to me that it all started during Minglewood when Jerry and Bob BOTH neglected to solo at around the 3:15 mark, and Brent didn't really dare step in, either. There were some sharp glances between the two, almost accusatory.
Throughout the show, there were efforts by Bob And Jerry to upstage each other, and Brent and Phil's counterpoint play almost seemed to be along the lines of "WTF guys - cool your jets."
All to little avail. The final straw was Bob declaring in the Good Lovin' rap - "It's Fucked!"
The end result was a quick-paced, smoking hot show that twisted us all out of whack, ended early, made us all wonder about a bout the state of mind of the band members, and spilled us out into the slums of inner Richmond (for at that time the area around the Colosseum was serious no-man's-land full of abandoned buildings) for a long, long, crazy, crazy night.
Very strong playing, with personalities to match.
Subject: like a truck careening down a hill with no brakes
Subject: Wild Night
ah, yes, the old cassette of this in d.c. back yards of '86 convinced me that there's always something more going on than a deceptively simple set list would reveal.
what a primer for a powerful tour.
Subject: Crazy Fingers...Yeah baby '83 in the place to be
From here on out its none stop top shelf Dead to New Years and in my very strong opinion all of 84 tour and 85.
Iam a sucker for a 83 Stranger and Brown Eyed first set.Obviously the Crazy Fingers is a rare gem. Nice Wharf and Sugar Mag jam is pretty cool. I wonder if He had a harder time with Crazy Fingers smacked up. Seeing that '83 and '84 Jerry peaked out with his Persian habbit and played once in that 2 year span. Just a guess who knows.
Its a 5 but a point off for sound.
Subject: Sweet Fall '83 One of the best Deal+Good Lovin's ever?
Listen to the power in Jerry's voice in Truckin which is incandescent post coma he never really sang like that with any regularity. Spoonful is a great surprise and I think the first time they busted out with that after Melkweg though could be mistaken.
Subject: New instruments
Subject: long long crazy crazy night
We made decent time down I-95 to Richmond in H's tiny silver Toyota, and soon I made a "paper" purchase from some painted guy (skeleton)and, once inside, I asked someone if he knew wheteher the Orioles won that day (he knew, they did, and won the ALCS that day...then the World Series..and haven't since!)
Anyhow, things started happening during the high-energy Stranger and just before "Hell In a Bucket", Bobby told Candace Brightman (lights) "Awww, come on Candace - this is a red light song!" (I think she had blue lights on).
The second set, however, is why I wrote this review. I got the cassette (Maxell UDXL II)! of this show shortly afterwards, and have listened to it several hundred times, having finally transferred it to CD a few years ago for fear of wearing it out.
I don't get sentimental about a show too much, but from the Playin' into the "007 Jam" and then into the profoundly sad Crazy Fingers, the boys were one organism. After the unusually "melodic" drums things just kept rolling, including a Spoonful into a great Wharfrat - in which Jer WAS August West! Then, the aforementioned SugarMag>Good Love.
I can't say enough about this show (alright, maybe I already have) but this download is worth it - it doesn't seem to be the same full recording I've returned to time and again over the past 22 years, but still captures the magic of that often overlooked night in that legendary Fall '83 tour.
Subject: First Show
In 1983, I knew the Grateful Dead solely through "Workingman's Dead," which I bought several years earlier based on the cowboy-looking cover art. I was familiar with the album, but really was clueless about what the Dead were about playing live. I was second year at UVa and two friends of friends were going to Richmond, ticketless, to catch the show. I tagged along.
We got to the Coliseum early, took in the scene, and searched far and wide for tickets. Nothing happening. Nada. But the scene was like nothing I had ever experienced. 1969 time warped into 1983. Very cool.
Finally, about an hour before showtime, we consumed our consumables and proceeded to meander back to C'ville. As we waited at an intersection in downtown Richmond, a UVa-chartered bus drives by, headed to the Coliseum. My friends identified the bus passengers as ATO fraternity brothers, and we followed the bus back to the front doors of the venue.
When the bus pulls to a stop, we jump out of our car and into the bus, frantically asking for extra tickets. Various bemused ATO brothers direct us to the back of the bus where we find "the man" who has a block of extras. We each take out $10 for a ticket and just as we complete our transactions, a deadhead finds his way to the back of the bus and whips out $20 for an extra. The ATO guy recognizes his goldmine (supply and demand in action, baby) and proceeds to rake in multiples of 2 and 3 times face value for the remaining tickets.
Meanwhile, we hurriedly park the car, run inside, and catch the opening notes of "Stranger." The rest of the show was an ecstatic blur, with the rush of the last minute ticket score, the music, the experience . . . the Dead. I remember looking around and thinking, "This is the coolest, strangest, music-love-fest in the world."
2 star quality, 5 star experience.
Subject: west la
the rest of the show does not hold up to the cream froim the rest of this tour
nice sounding fob
Subject: Does anyone remember...
Subject: Good Playin'
Subject: If your were or were not there?
I was there and this to me is much better than what I had on cassette of this show.
Subject: Smokin' show
Subject: I was at this show ... :-)
Went down to the Coliseum and scored a ticket in the parking lot. I remember this show being the first time I heard them perform Day Job and Spoonful live, and the Sugar Magnolia tease before going into Good Lovin' at the end. Nice show, first time I ever saw the Dead "by myself" since I didn't go with friends but still was a nice surprise and a great alternative to spending the evening at a hotel bar.
Subject: Hot saturday nite in richmond
6:00-8:00PM you'll see what i mean ..the Deal is great example of the massive garcia/brent interplay jams which peaked in a few years...i loved the way jerry would squint towards mydland and both of them would pretend not to look @ one another
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